Roomie Remote Rebrands as Simple Control – Adds New Features

The app that turns your iPhone or iPad into an amazingly powerful universal controller, Roomie Remote now has a new name, Simple Control.

The Simple Control app should roll out across the App Store later today and it’s now free.

“Prior purchases of the app grant credit for a 3 Device Pack (regardless of whether you originally purchased 2 or 3.) For new users, one media player or set top device may be added without guides prior to purchase.”

Along with the relaunch comes a raft of new and improved features including iPad multitasking support and a new Apple Watch App that uses the digital crown to control the volume of your telly. Check out the full details below.

New Features with Simple Service or Roomie Service:

  • watchOS 2 App: Completely reimagined, Simple Control for Apple Watch is a major leap forward for ease of use and quick accessibility for AV Control and Automation (watchOS 2 is required.) Among many new features,the Digital Crown can now be used to control volume.
  • Notification Center: The core of the current Virtual Remote is now provided in the iOS Notification Center including the Top Bar, Directional Pad, and a subset of the Play Pad.
  • DirecTV DVR Folders: DVR recordings are now organized by program.
  • Dropcam Images: Display refreshable still images for all Dropcams.
  • Secure Pairing: When paired with Simple Sync (formerly Roomie Agent), configuration synchronization is now secured with explicit approval for new members from existing unlocked members.

New Features with Simple Service:

  • Remote Access: All Commands, Activities, and even Feedback to and from your devices now works remotely outside your local network when securely paired with Simple Sync.

New Features:

  • iPad Multitasking: Many iOS 9 enhancements including support for iPad Multitasking. Resize automatically to occupy only part of your screen on supported iOS devices.
  • Spotlight: Activities are now indexed on your device allowing search and Activity execution from the iOS search page on iOS 9.
  • Sonos Favorites: Now accessible via the Sonos Media Guide.


  • Dropbox Link: Simple Control now requests only enough permission to access a dedicated app folder located in your Dropbox at Apps > Simple Control. Because older versions requested full access to the Dropbox before Dropbox allowed constrained access, your configuration must be moved to the new location either manually or by making a new Backup. Any link to Dropbox from a prior release must be re-established.
  • Plex Pass Compatibility: Latest version of Plex requiring authentication is now supported.
  • WeMo Discovery: Belkin WeMo devices updated to the latest firmware are now auto-discovered.
  • Full Screen Remote Designs: Editor now provides the ability to customize the entire screen with Mapped Remotes and custom buttons on iPad screens.
  • TiVo Multiple Connections: The old TiVo protocol is no longer used with Roamio/Premiere models thus enabling multiple simultaneous connections.
  • DIAL Launching: Apps on many TVs and Media Players may now be launched using the DIAL protocol via the +DIAL APP LAUNCH command.  :  Our Interview with Will Price

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